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Mail Delivery Failed Of Mail I Didnt Send!

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#1 AMD010


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Posted 26 June 2006 - 01:38 AM

Something strange has been happening.

I have been receiving "returned to sender", "Undeliverable Mail", " Returned mail: see transcript for details", "failure notice". Each one of these emails containing some kind of spam.

I have read that there is not much you can do, Isn't there a way to track down the original sender or something?

I would appreciate some advice thanks.

Here is an example from a header of on email


The original message was received at Mon, 26 Jun 2006 06:17:37 +0200
from atrium.rss.fr [] (may be forged)

----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
(reason: 550 RCPT TO:<member@cegetel.rss.fr> User unknown)

----- Transcript of session follows -----
... while talking to []:
>>> DATA
<<< 550 RCPT TO:member@cegetel.rss.fr> User unknown
550 5.1.1 <member@cegetel.rss.fr>... User unknown
<<< 503 Need RCPT (recipient)


Reporting-MTA: dns; pha.atrium.rss.fr
Received-From-MTA: dns; atrium.rss.fr
Arrival-Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 06:17:37 +0200

Final-Recipient: rfc822; member@cegetel.rss.fr
Action: failed
Status: 5.1.1
Remote-MTA: dns; []
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 550 RCPT TO:<member@cegetel.rss.fr> User
Last-Attempt-Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 06:17:43 +0200

(Moderator edit: removed member's real E-mail address and subsituted "member." jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 26 June 2006 - 12:08 PM.

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#2 medab1


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Posted 26 June 2006 - 02:19 AM

You might want to scan your computer for viruses.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 12:16 PM

Spam, or worse, will often disguise itself as a mailer-deamon such as your example to trick you into opening it or clicking on an infected attachment. Your address was most likely harvested from an infected computer- - -not your own- - - that had it stored on its hard drive, or harvested by a spambot if you posted it on a public forum on the internet.

Practically speaking, there is not much you can do to track these down. You can, however, forward the complete E-mail to your ISP (usually to abuse@ISP).

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